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Fall Public Poetry Reading Series at Houston Public Library’s HPL Express Discovery Green

Houston, TX.- A Fall Public Poetry Reading Series will be happening outdoors and in the afternoon the first Saturday of each month beginning October 1 through December 3, 2011 at Houston Public Library’s (HPL) HPL Express Discovery Green. The community is invited to enjoy the words of exceptional local and visiting poets.

The Fall Poetry Reading Series will kick off on Saturday, October 1 at 2 PM at the HPL Express Discovery Green Library located at 1500 McKinney, 77010, 832-393-1375.

This poetry reading is presented by the Houston Public Library in partnership with Public Poetry.

The event is free and open to the public. For more details or call 832-393-1313.

The kickoff poetry reading event will feature special guest Mighty Orq (pronounced Ork) front man & guitarist for The Mighty Ork. The Mighty Orq have been playing for nearly nine years around the South and in Europe. They returned to Houston in May 2011 from their sixth European tour in support of the latest release, “Lost in Germany.” They have released five albums and are working on two more releases.

Over the years, they have developed a distinct and recognizable sound and have gained a tremendous grassroots following. Their music is a blend of classic rock energy, Gulf Coast blues, R&B, and pop with gospel undertones that are as unique as they are powerful.

The celebration will also include a short reading from a talented student with Writers In the Schools (WITS), as well several local poets.

Local Featured Poets Include:

Rich Levy, poet and executive director of Inprint, a nonprofit literary arts organization in Houston. He earned his MFA at the Iowa Writers Workshop, and his poems have appeared in “Boulevard, Gulf Coast,” “Pool,” and “The Texas Observer,” among other publications. His poetry collection “Why Me?” was published in 2009 by Mutabilis Press. A jazz obsessive, he has three children, two dogs, and a sleepy cat.

Martha Serpas’ two collections of poetry are “Côte Blanche” and “The Dirty Side of the Storm.” Her work has appeared in “The New Yorker,” “The Nation,” “Southwest Review,” and in anthologies such as “The Art of the Sonnet” and “American Religious Poems.” A native of Bayou Lafourche in south Louisiana, she is involved in efforts to restore Louisiana’s wetlands. She teaches creative writing at the University of Houston and is a hospital trauma chaplain.

Eva Skrande, born in Havana, Cuba, grew up in Miami, Florida. She has a Ph.D. from The Graduate Program in Creative Writing at the University of Houston. In addition to her new book of poetry, “My Mother’s Cuba” (River City Poetry Series), Skrande has been published in numerous literary magazines and received fellowships from the University of Houston, Inprint, and the Houston Arts Alliance. She teaches at Furr High School and San Jacinto College.

Deborah D.E.E.P. Wiggins is a nationally known spoken word poet. She ranked as the #2 Best Female Poet in the World at the “Women of the World National Poetry Slam in 2008. She is a published author/recording artist. She has been a member of five National Poetry Slam teams and performed in over 25 states and Canada. Currently, she is the Slammaster Coach, and member of the Houston VIP Slam Team.

Save the Date for November and December Public Poetry Reading Presentations

Saturday, November 5 | 2 PM

Featured Local Poets Include:

Samuel Amadon is the author of “Like a Sea,” University of Iowa Press. His poems have appeared in numerous publications such as: “American Poetry Review,” “Boston Review,” “Denver Quarterly,” “Tin House,” and “Verse.” He is a poetry editor at “Gulf Coast” and a WITS writer.

Robin Davidson’s poems and translations have appeared in such literary magazines as “The Paris Review,” “AGNI,” “Literary Imagination,” “Tampa Review,” “Gulf Coast,” and the Polish journal “Fraza.” She’s the recipient of a Fulbright award, an NEA translation fellowship, and two Houston Arts Alliance fellowships. Her book of translations, “The New Century: Poems” by Ewa Lipska, appeared in 2009 (Northwestern UP). She currently teaches creative writing as an associate professor of English at the University of Houston-Downtown.

Elisa A. Garza teaches Women’s Studies at the University of Houston. Her community teaching includes teacher workshops for Inprint, and elementary and middle school writing groups. Garza’s chapbook, “Familia,” was a best seller for The Portlandia Group press. Her poems have been printed in many journals, and have received several awards, including a Literature Fellowship from the Texas Commission on the Arts and the Emerging Writer Award from the Alfredo Cisneros del Moral Foundation.

Dave Parons is recipient of an N. E. H. Dante Fellowship to SUNY, the French-American Legation Poetry Prize, and the 2006 Baskerville Publisher’s Prize/TCU for an outstanding poem published in their literary journal, Descant. His three books: “Editing Sky” (Texas Review Poetry Prize), “Color of Mourning,” and “Feathering Deep” (forthcoming 2011) are all by Texas Review Press/TXAM Univ. Press. He was elected to The Texas Institute of Letters in 2009 and teaches at Lone Star College.

Saturday, December 3 | 2 PM

Featured Poets Include:

Dr. John Gorman lives in Galveston and teaches literature and creative writing at UH-Clear Lake. His poems, collected in three chapbooks and soon to appear in a more substantial format, have appeared individually in “Arrowsmith,” “Curbside Review,” “Buffalo Press,” and many other publications in Texas, nationally, and in Canada. Active in Houston Poetry Fest and elsewhere on the reading scene, he will be the featured poet at the First Friday Series Birthday Reading in July. He moderates the monthly Galveston Poets Roundtable.

Carol Louise Munn’s poems have appeared in Poetry, “The GSU Review” (Georgia State University), “So to Speak” (George Mason University), “Ilya’s Honey,” and “Fugue” (University of Idaho). Her work has been anthologized in Stories from “Where We Live: The Gulf Coast” and also in “Houston Poetry Fest 2004, 2006, and 2009 Anthologies.” She received the Academy of American Poets Prize and the Michael R. Gutterman Award for Poetry. She teaches English and creative writing at St. John’s School.

Evangelina Vigil-Piñón is a widely-anthologized, nationally-recognized poet and the recipient of prestigious literary awards. She is the author of “Thirty an Seen a Lot,” celebrating the folk life and culture of her native San Antonio, and “The Computer Is Down,” a late twentieth century monument of civilization in the modern city, published by Arte Publico Press. One of her poems is engraved on a downtown Houston sidewalk as part of a public art installation celebrating 150 years of Houston literary history.

Kevin Prufer’s newest books are “In a Beautiful Country” (Four Way, 2011) and “National Anthem” (Four Way, 2008), named one of the five best collections of the year by “Publishers Weekly.” He’s also editor of “New European Poets” (Graywolf, 2008), among others. He is Professor of English in the Creative Writing Program at the University of Houston.

About the Houston Public Library
The Houston Public Library (HPL) operates 35 neighborhood libraries, three HPL Express Libraries, a Central Library, the Houston Metropolitan Research Center, the Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research, The African American Library at the Gregory School, and the Parent Resource Library located in the Children’s Museum of Houston.

Serving more than 4 million customers per year, HPL is committed to excellent customer service and equitable access to information and programs by providing library customers with free use of a diverse collection of printed materials and electronic resources, Internet, laptop and computer use, and a variety of database and reference resources with live assistance online 24/7.

For further information, visit the Houston Public Library at or call 832-393-1313.

Contact: Sandra Fernandez
Manager of Public Relations
Houston Public Library
832.393.1381; cell 713.435.9448

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